Britten Sinfonia’s OPUS competition is an open call for scores in the search for the most exciting new, unpublished compositional talent. This year composers have been challenged to write for a piano quintet with folk singer, with the winner receiving a professional commission and tour of their new work during Britten Sinfonia’s At Lunch Three concerts in Cambridge, Norwich and London.
Join Sir James MacMillan, Britten Sinfonia principal players, folk singer Hannah Rarity and five shortlisted composers from across the UK for a day exploring the creative process behind writing for a chamber ensemble. Each composer will have 40 minutes to refine their piece under the guidance of the musicians and mentor Sir James MacMillan. Audiences are invited to observe these sessions, take part in an audience Q&A with Sir James MacMillan and vote for the Audience Prize, which will be announced, together with the overall OPUS2018 winner (judged be a panel featuring Sir James MacMillan, Jacqueline Shave and Huw Watkins), at the end of the day.
This event is completely free but you must book tickets.